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I Shock Myself: The Autobiography of Beatrice Wood Paperback – April 1, 1988
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An amazing woman really. This book will remain with me forever and I will read it again and again. For someone like myself can't beleve there is so much adventure in life. She died this spring at 105,in her heart 32. I would have loved to meet her.All I can do now is remember her and try to learn more about her life and art. I loved her and she is an inspiration to all humanity with her marvelious statements on the facts of life.Afterall,she lived 105 years and paid the price. A definate book to add to a collection for any Beato fan or curious book reader!
I loved how this story unfolded and I was sad when it ended.
I am not an artist. The names of her friends, the Avant Garde art movement she helped pioneer and terms like “Mama of Dada” are areas in which I don’t have the education to appreciate the value of and yet that did nothing to deter from my joy at reading her autobiography. The black and white photos and selections from 85 years of written journals and letters add to the charm of her book. She lived through the deaths of her friends and kept her kiln going the whole time. She spent her last days in a house built for her, on land she helped build and nurture and today it is dedicated in her name. She could watch the sun rise and set over a nearby mountain and fuss over the cactus she planted. She valued her caregivers who made sure her makeup was perfect for guests who came to call on her. She read. I imagine that she chose the precise moment in which to leave this world, 6 days after her 105 birthday.
Inspiration comes when and where you may least expect it. I had the book for a year before I finally picked it up off the coffee table to read. From the first chapter, I was transported backwards by 100 years to find a woman with the spunk and courage to show me how to live today.
Beatrice's "I Shock Myself" and "Playing Chess with the Heart" truly reflect her personality.
And regarding her revealed secret to longevity, I do believe she had it right.
I recommend these books for any individual's library.
Michael C. Pennington
Aurora Wolf Literary Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy
How she became the great potter and sculpture is a great story. Her courage and sometimes lack of such is inspiring, as is her tender heart. She persevered with her art despite all sort of odds thrown at her and came out triumphant in the end. She was always searching for a sense of self and spirituality that you see from the beginning of the book she always had, she, like Dorothy and the shoes had to only believe.
This book was referred to me over two decades ago by one of my best and dearest friends, Jan McIntyre, and amazing animal sculptor in her own right. Before Jan passed from breast cancer in 1990, she said that someday I might need to read the book when I was ready. Well, I understand what she meant now.
It is inspiring, teaching, a great roller coaster ride, and I can say almost a early version in some ways of "Eat, Pray, Love". Her writing style makes you feel like she is sitting before you with a cup of tea telling you her story. Simply amazing!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a wild and fun read!!!!!! A must for art students who really want to understand how sometimes it just happens....Published 4 days ago by MtnSqrl_SFC
A wonderful, yet not well known piece of cultural and philosophical history, written by a brave and adventurous woman. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Aubrey Balkind
Fair but not what I thought. Sounded interesting but could not finish. Needed more than said it would deliver. Autobios sometimes do that.Published 17 months ago by Marilyn Lee
This is a delightful book about the life of Beatrice Wood and the other artists she knew. Interesting for artists.Published 20 months ago by Coyote
I recently discovered about the life of Beatrice Wood through a dear friend. Her work and life's choices intrigued me enough to want to read about her life. Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by Ladybug
She led a very interesting life. If you are looking for her to write all about her life in ceramics, this may not be the book for you, as that actually plays a rather small role in... Read morePublished on February 14, 2014 by Becks